Production Motorcycles

  • Norton Commando 961 Cafe Racer

    Norton Commando 961 Cafe Racer

  • Chris Hunter Production Motorcycles ,

    I so desperately wanted to like Norton’s new 961 range. After all, the Commandos of the past are among the most desirable vintage motorcycles in the world: sleek and sexy, and with some of the best frame engineering of all time. The specs of the… Read more »

  • Ducati 750 F1 Montjuich

    Ducati 750 F1 Montjuich

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    Reader Greg Rathe is lucky enough to own one of these machines, and we’re jealous. Ducati only produced 200 Montjuichs, and just 20 were exported to North America. It was the first of three limited edition models of the F1 to be homologated for racing;… Read more »

  • BMW R75/5

    BMW R75/5

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    I love this image. And not just because I have a soft spot for old BMW airheads: it’s also a classic example of a picture telling a story. William Pruyn bought this 1972 ‘toaster’ (check the chrome-paneled tank) two years ago in San Francisco, and… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi V7 Racer

    Moto Guzzi V7 Racer

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    Everyone assumed that Ducati would be the star of this year’s Italian motorcycle show. Especially when MV Agusta and Aprilia offered little more than facelifts and upgrades. But yesterday, Moto Guzzi comprehensively trumped all its neighbors—stunning journalists and visitors alike. The Mandello company revealed three… Read more »

  • Bimota Tesi 1D

    Bimota Tesi 1D

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    Bimota is a wild card in the motorcycling world. Since 1973, the Rimini-based company has been delivering the weirdest and wildest machines, wilfully taking the path less travelled. Not surprisingly, it’s never been the most financially stable of manufacturers, and hit the rocks in 2000.… Read more »

  • Yamaha XT600Z Ténéré

    Yamaha XT600Z Ténéré

  • Chris Hunter Production Motorcycles ,

    In the late 70s, ‘dual sport’ or ‘enduro’ style bikes with long-range fuel tanks were starting to attract attention in Europe. In Japan, Yamaha took notice. In 1981, they started work on a production version of the motorcycles racing in events such as the Paris… Read more »

  • GG Quadster

    GG Quadster

  • Chris Hunter Production Motorcycles ,,

    I can’t work out whether this is cool or not. But I bet it’s a blast to ride. Grüter + Gut’s first model, the Quad, attracted a lot of press and was a hit with thrill-seekers in places such as Dubai—where the roads flow as… Read more »

  • Can-Am Spyder RT

    Can-Am Spyder RT

  • Chris Hunter Production Motorcycles ,

    We prefer our three-wheelers to be sidecars rather than excrescences such as the Harley Tri-Glide, or scooters like the Piaggio MP3. But Can-Am’s products have always had a measure of credibility. The boys from Valcourt have just released the RT series, which looks to be… Read more »

  • Touratech F 800 ScrambleR

    Touratech F 800 ScrambleR

  • Chris Hunter Custom MotorcyclesProduction Motorcycles ,

    Most motorcycle design is a compromise between function and form. To our eyes, vintage scrambler-style motorcycles have a head start: road bikes that can also tackle loose gravel and light off-road work are often pleasing from an aesthetic point of view. Unfortunately, Triumph has never… Read more »

  • Sommer 462 Diesel

    Sommer 462 Diesel

  • Chris Hunter Production Motorcycles ,,

    Diesel motors have never really caught on in motorcycles: most have abysmal power-to-weight ratios. But the German company Sommer has been plugging away with its Royal Enfield-based machines, and proudly claims to be Europe’s #1 diesel motorcycle manufacturer. In India, similar Enfield Bullets were available… Read more »

  • Confederate P120 Fighter

    Confederate P120 Fighter

  • Chris Hunter Production Motorcycles ,

    Memo to Batman: here’s the next release from Confederate, America’s highest-profile boutique motorcycle brand. it’s called the P120 Fighter, and it’s scheduled to ruffle feathers at the swanky Quail gathering in Carmel in mid-August. The P120 retains Confederate’s signature skeletal styling, but avoids the nose-heavy… Read more »

  • Aprilia Moto 6.5

    Aprilia Moto 6.5

  • Chris Hunter Production Motorcycles ,,

    Yesterday I was looking again at some pictures of the Brammo Enertia electric bike. It felt like I’d seen this motorcycle before, a long time ago. And then it came to me: it looks uncannily like the Philippe Starck-designed Aprilia Moto 6.5 of 1995. The… Read more »

  • Honda CB450S

    Honda CB450S

  • Chris Hunter Production Motorcycles ,

    Everybody knows Honda’s long-running CB series of motorcycles—and their potential for being turned into cafe racers. But one of the lesser-known variants is the CB450S, which was made in the second half of the 1980s. Details are sketchy: it was apparently built in South America,… Read more »

  • Hercules W2000 rotary

    Hercules W2000 rotary

  • Chris Hunter Production Motorcycles ,

    Think of rotary engines, and you probably think of Mazda. But in the 1970s, two companies put those silky-smooth Wankel rotary engines into motorcycles. One was Suzuki, with the RE5; the other was little-known Hercules of Nürnberg, Germany. The machine above is the rare Hercules… Read more »

  • Ural T sidecar

    Ural T sidecar

  • Chris Hunter Production Motorcycles ,

    The latest rig from cult sidecar specialists Ural hits the showrooms this month. The T costs just $9,999 and is powered by Ural’s venerable 750cc flat twin, pumping out 40 solid Siberian horses. The T doesn’t have the on-demand sidecar drive of the Patrol and… Read more »